Graeme Souness: Why Tottenham star Dele Alli destined for greatness

Graeme Souness says Dele Alli will become a world-class player if the Tottenham star can stay grounded and avoid injury

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Graeme Souness believes Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is destined for greatness at White Hart Lane.

The 19-year-old produced an influential performance in the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham midfield at Goodison Park as Alli scored the visitors’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday afternoon.

He’s 19 years old and he should only get better and better

Graeme Soiuness

Alli, who scored his first England goal in a 2-0 win against France at Wembley in November, has effortlessly made the transition from League One to the Premier League following his £5m transfer in the summer.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Souness can’t see why Alli won’t blossom into a world-class player if the England starlet can stay grounded and avoid any serious injuries in the coming years.

Souness told Sky Sports: “He shows such maturity, he takes risks. He’ll run with the ball, he’ll try and take people on with a dribble and he’s got great athleticism,” Souness said.

“He’s 19 years old and he should only get better and better, he’s a baby in terms of football. There’ll be a lot of people thinking ‘how did we miss him?’

“Unless he gets a bad injury or a big head on his shoulders he’s destined to be a really, really top player. He’s a modern footballer, he’s a ground coverer with technique.”

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Alli, 19, has scored five goals and has made three assists in 17 Premier League appearances for the north London side so far in his first season in the English top-flight.

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